Fern Canyon at the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Near Del Norte County, California Now has a Permit Program During Peak Visitor Months
Due to the number of visitors entering Fern Canyon at Prairie Creek Redwoods National Park, a permit program will now be in effect from May 1 to September 30 starting in 2022. A permit will be required to enter Fern Canyon between May and September every year.
WHY ARE PERMITS REQUIRED TO ENTER FERN CANYON?
Fern Canyon via Davison Road is a very narrow road, when there is an increase in vehicle traffic it not only causes congestion but also delays emergency services from reaching 911 calls. The vehicle traffic is also causing damage to the forest, wildlife and contaminants in the two creek crossings. By implementing the permit system it is the hope of Redwoods National Park to decrease the damage and improve the visitor experience.
HOW MANY PERMITS ARE AVAILABLE EACH DAY?
There is a limited amount available each day. Permits will either be for 4 hours from 8am-12pm and 1pm to 5pm or 10 hour permit (35 permits per time slot). Visitors will be required to obtain a permit on the Redwood National Park’s website at a minimum of 24 hours prior. Permit holders will need to show a printed or email permit and ID card when entering. Only one vehicle per permit. Permit holders must also show ID and be present to enter.
HIKE OR BIKE TO FERN CANYON WITHOUT A PERMIT
Visitors hiking or biking the James Irvine Trail (12 Miles to Fern Canyon) will not be required to have a permit. Campers at Elk Prairie will need a permit to enter Fern Canyon, however campers at Gold Bluffs Beach can visit Fern Canyon without a permit. If you choose to hike or bike to Fern Canyon, please be properly prepared for the 12-mile trek into the park with inclement weather clothing, food and water.